Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe

Towards a Harmony of Epistemic and Political Virtues: Seminar on Snježana Prijić-Samaržija’s “Democracy and Truth”

Belgrade, June 20, 2019 at 3.00 pm
Venue: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT)

Address: Kraljice Natalije 45, 11000 Belgrade (4th Floor, Conference Room)

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija’s Democracy and Truth: The Conflict Between Political and Epistemic Virtues (2018) has a two-fold task. First, the book, generally speaking, aims to justify the application of epistemology to real-world situations in order to improve societal epistemic processes and the assessment of socially held beliefs. Second, and more specifically, the book grapples with a pertinent dilemma: when assessing social practices, institutions, and systems, should we sacrifice epistemic virtues for ethical and political virtues or vice versa? Prijić-Samaržija rejects this reasoning as a case of a false dilemma and offers a hybrid proposal which can satisfy, at the same time, political requirements and produce beliefs/judgments/decisions of high epistemic quality. She then argues that her preferred hybrid model – reliability democracy – has the highest likelihood of producing evaluations equally respectful of both values.

Participants: Petar Bojanić (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Igor Cvejić (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Vedran Džihić (Austrian Institute for International Affairs and University of Vienna, Institute for Political Sciences), Biljana Đorđević (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences), Aleksandar Fatić (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Marjan Ivković (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Ivana Janković (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Marko Konjović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Ivan Mladenović (University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy), Srđan Prodanović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Bojana Radovanović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory), Smail Rapić (University of Wuppertal, Department of Philosophy) and Marko Luka Zubčić (University of Rijeka, Faculty of Philosophy)

Moderators: Marko Konjović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory) Bojana Radovanović (University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory)

Snježana Prijić-Samaržija is currently the Rector of the University of Rijeka as well as a Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. She received her BA Degree from the University of Belgrade, her Master Degree from the University of Ljubljana, and her PhD Degree from the University of Zagreb, all in philosophy. Prijić-Samaržija is the author of six books, such as: “Oko i svijet” [Eye and the World] (1995), “Društvo i spoznaja” [Society and Cognition] (2000), “Praktična etika” [Practical Ethics] (2007, with Elvio Baccarini), and “Antička i novovjekovna epistemologija” [Ancient and Modern Epistemology] (2011, with Ana Gavran Miloš). Her latest book is entitled Democracy and Truth: The Conflict Between Political and Epistemic Virtues (2018). Prijić-Samaržija also edited 13 books, published more than 70 papers, and translated several articles. Her main areas of academic interest are social philosophy, epistemology, applied ethics, and gender studies.


 

“Cities and regions in flux after border change: Reconfiguring the frontier, reshaping memory and visualizing change in twentieth century Europe”

International Conference

Rijeka, Croatia, 10-12 July 2019

Venue: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka

Address: Sveučilišna avenija 4, 51000 Rijeka (Room 230, 2nd Floor)

Since the end of the First World War, cities and regions in Europe, particularly in the eastern half of the continent, witnessed frequent changes in borders. Previous research on border change and territorial transfers has focused on the actions of nationalizing regimes after the 1919 Paris conference, as well as the post-1945 transfer of territories in East-Central Europe and ensuing flight, expulsions and repopulation programs (Rieber 2000, Ther and Siljak 2001, Ballinger 2003, Crainz Pupo and Salvatici 2008, Snyder 2010, Ferrara 2011, Thum 2011, Reinisch, and White 2011, Ferrara and Pianciola 2012, Service 2013, Sezneva 2013). Recent research has analysed how states appropriated cities and regions they gained from neighbours (Karch 2018), and, in the case of socialist states, used urban remodelling as an opportunity to showcase socialist modernization projects, as occurred in Lviv, Ukraine (Amar 2015) and in Yugoslavia (Kulić and Mrduljaš 2012, Le Normand 2014). While research on transferred cities and territories has tended to see border changes primarily as ruptures tearing people from their old lives and cutting cities off from their previous national frameworks, this emphasis is called into question by scholarship by geographers and sociologists who comprehend cities not as discrete entities but as nodes within regional, national and global networks. From this perspective, cities are spaces in which flows of different types (goods, labour, capital, information) enter, converge, and exit, connecting these cities with other circuits and points across the globe (Massey 1991, Castells 2002, Harvey 2003).

This conference seeks contributions that showcase research on history, memory, and mapping tools in the context of European border changes in the twentieth century. We are interested in highlighting research on the experience of cities and regions that have undergone border changes in the twentieth century in order to showcase histories of transition, to examine the reshaping of local and regional memory practices, and to explore the variety of research methods that might be used to conceptualize and visualize change.

Keynote speakers:

Dominique Kirchner Reill, Associate Professor, University of Miami, author of Nationalists Who Feared the Nation: Adriatic Multi-Nationalism in Habsburg Dalmatia, Trieste, and Venice (Stanford University Press, 2012.) presenting her new book The Fiume Crisis: Life in the Wake of the Habsburg Empire.    

Anne Kelly Knowles, McBride Professor of History at the University of Maine, editor of Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (2008) and Geographies of the Holocaust (2014), Guggenheim fellow (2015).

Brendan Karch, Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana State University, author of Nation and Loyalty in a German-Polish Borderland: Upper Silesia, 1848–1960 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Olga Sezneva, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, whose work has examined the connection between the urban built environment and social memory (particularly in the case of Kaliningrad/Königsberg), human mobility, and digital technologies; part of the artistic collective Moving Matters Traveling Workshop.

Organisers: The conference is organized by the Univeristy of Rijeka, Centre for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded project Rijeka in Flux: Borders and Urban Change after World War II, the Memoryscapes project’s Seasons of Power flagship programme for Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Research Group, “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities”.


PROGRAM

 


 

BOOKS, PAPERS AND REVIEWS PUBLISHED BY CAS SEE FELLOWS

CAS SEE fellows have published (or are about to publish) an impressive list of publications in the period between 2018 and 2019:

Daniela Brasil

Brasil, Daniela and Daily Rhythms Collective. NO FEAR, DEAR. Empowerment Print Bar: making voices visible through printing actions in public spaces. 2017-18 in Berlin, Chiang Mai, Graz, Manaus, Salvador da Bahia.

Brasil, Daniela. (2018) Playful Imagination and Artistic Hospitality: Constructing New Narrative for Emancipatory Learning. In: Sertić, Irena/ Parramon, Ramon/Purg, Peter/ Steinbock, Kristina (eds). Participation: Perspectives On Education/ Participatory Art for Invisible Communities, Zagreb: Omnimedia. ISBN 953-95119-1-7

Brasil, Daniela. (2017) The House of Open Gates: an enclave between the city of Graz as it is, and as we imagine it could be. In: Journal of Urban Culture Research. Chulalongkorn University and Osaka City University. ISSN 2408 – 1213 Vol. 14, June 2017.pp.106-115.

Lina Dokuzović

“Militant Research in the Post-Truth Era”; in transversal, 2019.

“They’ll Never Walk Alone: The Life and Afterlife of Gastarbeiters” (eds. B. Buden & L. Dokuzovic) transversal books, 2018.

Lina Dokuzović, “From Guest Workers to Guest Consumers,” transversal, “Remembering Gastarbeiters: Labor and Migration in the Age of Neoliberalism” (English, German, Turkish), 2018.

Francesca Forlè

Forlè, F. (2018), “The ‘How’ and ‘What’ of Aesthetic Experience. Some Reflections Based on Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature”, Phenomenology and Mind, 14, pp. 18-28. ISSN: 2280-7853 (print) ISSN: 2239-4028 (online)

Forlè, F. (2018) (with Elisabetta Sacchi), “Art as Complement of Philosophy”, Phenomenology and Mind, 14, pp. 10-15. ISSN: 2280-7853 (print) ISSN: 2239-4028 (online)

Forlè, F. (2017), “Quale movimento in musica? Integrazioni strausiane all’approccio enattivo di Krueger”, Quaderni della Ginestra, 20/1, pp. 23-28. ISSN: 2240-337X

Forlè, F. (2017), “Where Straus meets Enactivism. Reflections on an Enactive Theory of Music Perception”, Rivista di Estetica, 66, pp. 106-117. ISSN: 0035-6212.

Forlè, F. (2017), Qualità terziarie. Saggio sulla fenomenologia sperimentale, FrancoAngeli, Milano (Book).

Nilay Kılınç

Kılınç, N. (2019). From Vagabond To Tourist:: Second-Generation Turkish-German Deportees’ Narratives of Self-Healing and Well-being. Nordic Journal of Migration Research1(ahead-of-print).

Barbara Turk Niskač

Turk Niskač, Barbara (2018). “A Tale of Two Kindergartens: Visual Representations of Slovenian Children’s Daily Lives in a Rural and an Urban Setting.” In Visual Encounters and Rural Childhoods. April Mandrona and Claudia Mitchell, ed. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. pp. 147 – 160.

Turk Niskač, Barbara (2017). “Otrokocentričnost in (ne) vključevanje otrok v delovna opravila v zgodnjem otroštvu (Protective parenting and the inclusion of children in chores in early childhood).” In Generaciji navidezne svobode: otroci in starši v sodobni družbi (Generations of Freedom: Children and Parents in Contemporary Society). Tamara Narat and Urban Boljka, ed. Ljubljana: Založba Sophia. pp. 179 – 205 (Zbirka Naprej!, ISSN 2385-880X)

Arianna Piacentini

Piacentini A., State Ownership and “State-Sharing”: The Role of Collective Identities and the Sociopolitical Cleavage between Ethnic Macedonians and Ethnic Albanians in the Republic of North Macedonia, Nationalities Papers, forthcoming 2019

Toracca Tiziano

Toracca, T. Towards Exemplarity: When the Particular Matters, in «Exemplarity and Its Normativity», Special Issue ed. by A. Condello e A. Ferrara, in «Law and Literature», vol. 30, 2018, pp 465-477 (published on line 15 November 2017: DOI: 10.1080/1535685X.2017.1379195: to link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/1535685X.2017.1379195). ISSN: 1535-685X , 1541-2601

Toracca, T.  «Regno della libertà» o «regno della necessità»? La narrativa italiana contemporanea di fronte all’ambiguità del lavoro. A partire da: Addio. Il romanzo della fine del lavoro di Angelo Ferracuti, in «L’ospite ingrato», ed. by L’ospite ingrato, 2018, pp. 177-193.

Toracca, T.  Debenedetti, il romanzo moderno e il modernismo italiano, in «Allegoria», n. 77, 2018, pp. 68-93.

Toracca, T. Il neomodernismo italiano, in Il modernismo italiano, ed by M. Tortora, Carocci, Roma, 2018, pp. 211-229.

Pavao Žitko

Žitko, P. Karl Jaspers lettore di Cusano. Presupposti interpretativi ed esiti teoretici, Orthotes Editrice, Napoli- Salerno 2018, 130 pp.


 

Lecture by Ulf Brunnbauer

What shipyards can tell about late Socialism and Post-Socialism (and what they cannot), on the example of Uljanik

Anent the recent signing of the Agreement on Academic Cooperation between the University of Rijeka and the University of Regensburg, we are glad to invite you to a lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer, Director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg, entitled What shipyards can tell about late Socialism and Post-Socialism (and what they cannot), on the example of Uljanik. The lecture will be held on May 30, 2019 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka (Sveučilišna Avenija 4, 51000, Rijeka), starting at 17.00 in Room 405 (4th Floor).

The lecture is organised by Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe at the University of Rijeka.

Ulf Brunnbauer is director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg and Professor of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg. He holds a PhD from the University of Graz (1999) and a Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin (2006), and joined the Regensburg faculty in 2008. His research deals mainly with the social history of Southeastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century, focussing on questions of migration, labour, demographic change, family structures, and majority-minority relations. His last research monograph is “Globalizing Southeastern Europe. Emigrants, America and the State Since the Late 19th Century” (2016).


 

Seminar with Ivan Flis


Are Open Science practices the solution? The case of psychology’s replication crisis

“The seminar takes a critical look at the role of Open Science practices and advocacy within the ongoing replication crisis in psychology. Open Science is a multifaceted interdisciplinary movement that spans the modern university, within which scientists themselves criticize established scientific practices of data collection and storage, development and sharing of analysis pipelines, publication and dissemination of research papers, and the so-called “incentive structures” that organize the hiring and advancement of faculty in Global Northern academia. Many of the Open Science interventions are in practice a type of a digital revolution within the academic system, the paradigmatic example being the push for Open Access in scholarly publishing. Reform centered around Open Science practices is proposed as a solution to the ongoing replication crisis in scientific psychology. In this seminar, I will discuss the impact of Open Science reform while taking into account the intellectual and institutional history of psychology as a science, in order to draw some epistemologically relevant conclusions about the ongoing crisis and its proposed solutions.”

Ivan Flis is a research fellow at UNIRI CAS SEE in Rijeka. He recently obtained his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and before that an MA in Psychology at the University of Zagreb. In his PhD thesis, he researched the role of methodological standardization in psychology’s disciplinary formation in the late 20th century, from the perspective of conventional history of science and scientometrics. His main areas of research are history of 20th century psychology, philosophy of social science, and digital humanities.

The seminar was held on May 15, 2019 at the University of Rijeka Campus, Sveučilišni odjeli building (Ul. Radmile Matejčić 2, 51000 Rijeka).


 

Agreement on academic cooperation between the University of Rijeka and the University of Regensburg

For the purposes of developing academic exchange and cooperation programs in both education an research, the University of Rijeka and the University of Regensburg (Germany) and its associated institute, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg agreed upon cooperation on research and educational processes at both universities.

These activities will promote the exchange of students, faculty members, researchers and PhD students, cooperation in the visiting fellow program of the UNIRI CAS SEE, joint research activities and other forms of cooperation at both universities.

Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Madam Rector at the University of Rijeka signed the Agreement on Academic Cooperation during the recent visit of Mr. Markus Söder, Minister President of Bavaria to Banski dvori, Zagreb, hosted by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on May 2, 2019.

The operational part of the cooperation is to be conducted in lines of the strategic development goals of the University of Rijeka with the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg, Department of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Advanced Studies Southeast Europe at the University of Rijeka.


Photo source: Central Government Portal (May 2, 2019)

 

(Re)building Progressive Thought for Common Europeanness in Central Eastern & Southeastern Europe

The ERSTE Foundation and the Center of Advanced Studies Southeast Europe, University of Rijeka invite you to

(Re)building Progressive Thought for Common Europeanness in Central Eastern & Southeastern Europe”

A Round Table Discussion and Presentation of the Southeast European Institute (SEI) initiative

Date: May 8, 2019

Venue: ERSTE Foundation, Am Belvedere 1, Vienna

Time: 17.30 – 19.30 (followed by reception)


The region of Southeast Europe today has fallen to one of the least advanced in Europe and one of the world leaders of brain drain. Unsecure and anxious environment encourages emigration of reproductive and capable layers of the population. SEE thus loses everything from its demographic to its social and intellectual potential for progressive change, leaving it ever more lagging behind the developed parts of the world. This regression is not only a result of socio-economic hardship, clientelism and captured state. We argue that it is also very much a consequence of a conservative, provincial political culture that is prone to authoritarianism and collective (nationalistic) hysteria that has for too long taken root. Progressive, pro-European thought is largely scattered and isolated. But this hardship is not a fate, not unchangeable.

There is a need for alternatives, future horizons that can overcome the current status quo with engaging for more democracy and new productive togetherness. Building up on the success story of the first Center of Advanced Studies (CAS SEE) in the region based in Rijeka, a new initiative emerged for establishing the “Southeast European (University) Institute”. It is aimed at innovation and academic excellence while also fostering cooperation, cultural exchange and broad engagement between the countries of the Western Balkans and wider Eastern and Southeast European region.

Together with a group of bright minds and on the eve of Timothy Snyders speech for Europe powered by ERSTE Foundation we invite you to discuss the potential of the academia to engage progressive civic society and new movements in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. How to act together for democracy and common Europeanness is the key question of the event. We offer a powerful tool of Southeast European Institute as poignant factor of joint action towards this common goal.


AGENDA

Moderated by

Hedvig Morvai, ERSTE Foundation & Vedran Dzihic, Austrian Institute for International Affairs; CAS SEE

17.30 Greeting by Boris Marte, ERSTE Foundation & Erhard Busek, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

17.45 A European issue: Progressive Thought and Academic Freedom in Eastern and Southeastern Europe on the Retreat?

Kick-off remarks by:

Kemal Nedzibovic, Europe-University, Flensburg

Bojan Baca, Ernst Mach Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for South East European Studies, University of Graz and University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

Nilay Kilinc, University of Surrey, UK and University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

followed by a round table discussion

18.45 Presentation of the Southeast European Institute initiative by CAS SEE

Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija, University Rijeka, CAS SEE

Sanja Bojanic University of Rijeka, CAS SEE

Gazela Pudar University of Belgrade, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

19.30 Reception


 

The Second Rijeka Industrial Heritage – Education for Tourist Guides

University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe and Center for Industrial Heritage organized an education on Rijeka industrial heritage designed for tourist guides, which took place on February 11th, 2019 in “Akvarij“, at the University of Rijeka campus.

University of Rijeka is working alongside the City of Rijeka and Rijeka Tourist Board in a program and infrastructure development project “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage”, focusing on the renovation of the Sugar Refinery Palace in the Benčić complex and the Galeb ship – two objects to be renovated and opened in Rijeka, managed by the City Museum of Rijeka in 2020. The project includes various education and research activities and the creation of the industrial and marine route, connecting diverse cultural and historic city locations.

The lecture by Center for Industrial Heritage director, prof. dr. sc. Julija Lozzi Barković, focused on the east industrial zone of the city, exploring the rich history of various objects. From Vodovodna Ulica to Delta, numerous sites “hide“ relevant insights into city’s development and should be regarded as waiting for valorization. The director of the City Museum of Rijeka, m.sc. Ervin Dubrović held a lecture on Andrija Ljudevit Adamić, the famous city patron, an enterpreneur of early industrial age, responsible for the accelerated development of the city in 19th Century.

The second part of the program featured the lecture by m.sc. Velid Đekić (City Museum of Rijeka) on the subject of Barač Street (“Historical and tourist stroll throught the cradle of Rijeka’s industry“), which introduced numerous intriguing and historically relevant objects and persons connected with the presently largely neglected zone which not so long ago had at least one traffic jam a day. The education was wrapped up with a lecture by Kristina Pandža from Center for Industrial Heritage focused on the “First years in Rijeka’s factories after the Second World War“, overviewing the historical, cultural and economic developments taking place in the course of the rebuilding of the city following the war devastation.

The education of tourist guides is a part of the program activities of the University of Rijeka, partner in execution of the “Touristic Valorisation of Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage” project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund – Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”. Once renovated, in 2020 the Baroque Palace and the Galeb ship will be managed by the City Museum of Rijeka. The project is managed by the City of Rijeka in partnership with the Rijeka Tourist Board and the University of Rijeka – Center for Industrial Heritage and the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe.


Spring – Autumn 2019 CAS SEE Fellowship Recipients

The Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (CAS SEE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring – Autumn 2019 CAS SEE Fellowship Awards at the University of Rijeka. The purpose of the CAS SEE Fellowship Programme is to further the research and creative work in the fields of the humanities and humanistic social sciences in the Balkans. Fellows will present their work within the CAS-Collegium, creating an intellectually heterogeneous atmosphere and fostering a productive self-examination or even friction, which may lead to new and unexpected ideas and innovation.

Please join us in congratulating the following CAS SEE Fellowship Awards, University of Rijeka recipients:

Bojan Baca (York University, Canada)

Project – title: “Digitalization of the Marketplace of (Reactionary) Ideas: The Alt-Right as a Political Ideology, Social Movement, and Counter-Culture”

Monica Cano Abadia (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Project – title: “New Materialist Cartographies of Patterns of Exclusion in Digital Environments”

Guglielmo Feis (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Channeling Social Justice through the Blockchain? A Critical Review of the Potentiality of Distributed Ledger Technology (DTL) in Reducing Financial Inequalities and Improve the Access to Financial Information”

Ivan Flis (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Project – title: “Open Science as a Movement of Digital Disruption”

Greta Favara (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Normative Political Theory and the Public Role of the Theorist”

Natasha Jankovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title:Rijeka: an experimental field of concrete utopia”

Nilay Kilinc (University of Surrey, UK)

Project – title: “Highly-Skilled Turkish Migrants’ Search for Alternative Diaspora Spaces in Europe: How They Build (Digital) Social Networks Beyond the ‘Culture of Rejection’”

Dragana Kovačević Bielicki (University of Oslo, Norway)

Project – title: “Mapping the anti-migrant protests in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through their online media coverage (2015-present)”

Massimo Leone (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Project – title: “Democracy and Trolling in Internet Threads (DETROIT)”

Andrey Menshikov (Ural State University, Russia)

Project – title: “Unequal Distribution of Religious Freedom in the Discourse on Human Rights”

Valentina Moro (University of Padova, Italy)

Project – title: “Deconstructing Languages of Rejection: a Political Theory Analysis of Feminist Discourses and Methodologies”

Sabino Paparella (University of Bari, Italy)

Project – title: “Political Disintermediation in the Digital Era”

Roberto Roccu (LSE, London, UK)

Project – title: “Comparative Political Economies of Lost Hope: Subaltern Trajectories of Inequality, Transformation and Rejection from the Arab Uprisings to Crisis Europe”

Oszkar Roginer (University of Graz, Austria)

Project – title: “Cultures of Rejections – (self)perception of minorities and knowledge production”

Francesca Rolandi (University of Milan, Italy)

Project – title: “Doš’o sam u grad iz pasivnog kraja. Internal Migration, Settlement Dynamics and Social Practices in post-World War II Rijeka”

Snezana Vesnic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Project – title: “Positive European Futures: Creating New Concepts for the Transformation and Redefinition of Digital European Values Case study: Rijeka Between Analog and Digital”